Thursday, February 11, 2010


Well, we survived the big snow. We didn't lose power, and stayed inside all afternoon, cozy and warm, watching movies. We watched "Opening Night," a John Cassavetes movie from 1977, and "The Sum of All Fears." It was actually a really nice day.

We also cooked, of course. I made a chocolate cake from a recipe I pulled out of a 1956 edition of The Tampa Tribune, back when I browsed through microfilmed newspapers while doing research in college. The cake is sort of brownie-like, with nuts and no icing. (And it's yet another ring-shaped dessert -- it's baked in a Bundt pan.) It worked out well! I love making old recipes like that -- it's the closest we can come to time travel.

Dave also made some excellent chili.

Unfortunately, today I'll have to dig out the car in order to go to the gym.

We had tickets to a piano concert at the 92nd Street Y last night, but as you can see, driving to the train station and going into Manhattan really wasn't an option. For some reason, the Y insisted on proceeding with the show, though, so we can't get a refund for our tickets. We have to either exchange them for something else or turn them into a charitable contribution. I'm not happy about that -- I'd rather just get my money back. But oh well.


  1. Just shoveling snow may make it unnecessary to go to the gym! It may be a day or two before I can get out of this winter wonderland and go to my gym.

    Chili and chocolate cake sound like an excellent menu!

  2. Sounds like a very cozy day. Ours was cozy, too - but I have cabin fever. Must get out there today ... or else!